The chief of USDA's Farm Service Agency state office in Iowa is reminding farmers to submit their annual acreage report to their local FSA county office by June 30, 2011, to meet FSA farm program eligibility requirements.
"Producers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible," says John Whitaker, state executive director for the Iowa Farm Service Agency, which has its office in Des Moines.
Accurate acreage reports are necessary to determine and maintain eligibility for the following programs, but are not limited to these programs: Direct and Counter-cyclical Program, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Price Support, and newer programs authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. Programs also include the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program, Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE), Livestock Forage Disaster Program, Tree Assistance Program, and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm Raised Fish Program.
What information do you need to submit to the local FSA office?
"Producers should be prepared to have planting dates on all crops including forage crops and those that are grazed when reporting crops to our offices," says Whitaker. "With our new disaster crop programs, such as SURE, it has become crucial that producers report the correct year of seeding establishment for their different forage crops."
Acreage reports are considered timely filed when completed by the applicable final crop reporting deadline of June 30, 2011. Prevented acreage must be reported within 15 calendar days after the final planting date. Failed acreage must be reported before the disposition of the crop. NAP crops that are harvested prior to June 30 must report by the earlier of June 30, 2011 or 15 calendar days before the onset of harvest or grazing. Producers should contact their county FSA office if they are uncertain about reporting deadlines.
If you can't get the report filed by June 30, is there a late provision?
Late-filed provisions may be available to producers who are unable to meet the reporting deadline as required. Reports filed after the established deadline must meet certain requirements to be accepted and may be charged late fees. A minimum $46 fee per farm is assessed for late filed certifications.
Producers should visit their county FSA office to complete acreage reporting. For questions on this or any FSA program, including specific crop reporting deadlines and planting dates, producers should contact their county FSA office. More information on FSA programs is also available online at www.fsa.usda.gov.